Advanced Geothermal Research and Development Act - H.R.5374 / Advanced Geothermal Innovation Leadership (AGILE) Act - S.2657

Overview
Purpose
"To establish and support advanced geothermal research and development programs at the Department of Energy, and for other purposes."
Primary Sponsors
Reps. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) / Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Final outcome

House Science Committee approved H.R.5374 by voice vote

Actions
Actions on the House bill
House Science Committee approved amended bill by voice vote
02/12/2020
Bill introduced
12/10/2019
Actions on the Senate bill
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved amended bill by voice vote
11/19/2019
Bill introduced
10/22/2019
Status update

S.2657 was designated in February 2020 as the intended vehicle for the American Energy Innovation Act, which incorporates the AGILE Act and is listed as a separate Bill Tracker entry. However, that plan was not carried out following an unsuccessful floor vote on March 9, 2020.

Relevant FYI Bulletins

A product of two years of legislative work, the Energy Act of 2020 overhauls policy across the Department of Energy’s applied energy and fusion R&D programs, including by recommending substantial funding increases and greatly expanding efforts aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

The House passed a sweeping energy policy reform package last month that includes expansive new direction to the Department of Energy’s applied R&D programs and recommends significant funding increases for renewable energy, fission and fusion energy, and carbon capture.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s long-awaited energy innovation legislation is in limbo after a dispute broke out during floor debate over proposed add-on provisions.

The budgets for the Department of Energy’s applied R&D offices are all increasing in fiscal year 2020, in most cases by large amounts. The increases include new funding for negative emissions technologies and a major advanced nuclear reactor demonstration program.